Let’s Talk…Incidental Exercise
The Benefits of Incorporating Incidental Exercise Into Your Everyday Life
As the saying goes, “health is wealth”. We all know how important it is to take care of our physical health, but sometimes it can be difficult to make time for exercise in our busy schedules. Fortunately, there are ways to incorporate incidental exercise into your everyday life that can help you become more active without taking too much time away from other activities. In this blog post, we will talk about some easy ways to stay healthy and keep your heart strong through incidental exercise.
What is Incidental Exercise?
Incidental exercise is any kind of physical activity that happens as part of something else you’re doing. This type of exercise often goes unnoticed because it doesn’t feel like traditional workouts or require much effort. Examples include taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking or biking instead of driving, using a standing desk at work, and stretching during commercial breaks while watching TV.
The great thing about incidental exercise is that it can easily be added into your daily routine without disrupting your schedule too much. Plus, there are many benefits to incorporating these types of activities into your lifestyle. Regular incidental exercise can help improve balance and coordination, reduce stress levels, increase energy levels throughout the day and improve overall health and well-being. It can also help strengthen your heart muscle by increasing blood flow and oxygen delivery to cells throughout the body. Additionally, research shows that people who engage in regular physical activity have a lower risk for developing cardiovascular disease than those who do not exercise regularly.
Sitting for long periods in front of the TV or at your desk is conducive to excessive eating and drinking of unhealthy options. It can also lead to stiffness, aching joints and obesity.
Methods for Incorporating Incidental Exercise
Incorporating incidental exercise into your daily routine doesn’t have to be a daunting task; there are many simple ways you can get more active without feeling overwhelmed or making drastic changes to your lifestyle. Here are some strategies you can use:
- Set small goals – Start by setting achievable goals such as adding an extra 500 steps per day or walking up one flight of stairs each morning before work; once these goals become easy to accomplish set new ones!
- Take advantage of opportunities – Look for opportunities in your daily life where you can add movement such as taking a walk on your lunch break or getting off the bus one stop early so you have to walk further home after work; these small adjustments add up over time! Every movement should be an opportunity, not a chore. Remember, sitting for long hours can be harmful and can even be dangerous. We should try to get up and do some active movement every 30 minutes or so, especially if we have a job that requires us to sit for most of the day.
- Make it fun – Turn exercising into a game by challenging yourself with different tasks such as seeing how many flights of stairs you can climb in 10 minutes or trying out new routes when going for walks around town; this will make exercises less tedious and more enjoyable!
Incorporating incidental exercise into your everyday life doesn’t have to be difficult—in fact, it should be fun! By setting small achievable goals, taking advantage of opportunities throughout the day and making exercising fun you can easily get more active without feeling overwhelmed or disrupting your day-to-day routine too much. Remember that every step counts and don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way! Taking proactive steps towards improving heart health through regular physical activity is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle—it’s never too late to start!
So why not give incidental exercise a try today? Who knows—you might just find yourself enjoying it!
If you’re unsure of how to start, make an appointment to speak with your doctor.
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